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The 2014 Skywalker Chardonnay excites with its beautiful, light straw color and effusive aromas of ripe green apples, white pears and warm toast. The palate has firm acidity from Marin’s cool summers which supports the weighty and layered texture from the barrel fermentation. Allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to naturally reduce acidity, this adds additional roundness and excitement to the mid-palate and finish.
2014 was one of the warmest and driest years on record. The effects of four years of drought along with warm days and cooler evenings significantly reduced yield. However, the quality of the fruit was exceptional. With no rain, the harvest was extended to early October, allowing the seed to fully mature and flavors to develop.
The 2015 Skywalker Vineyards Sommità Chardonnay is an unoaked wine that captures the bright, fruit-forward flavors of Marin County Chardonnay. Without the influence of oak, it allows the true characteristics of the Chardonnay varietal to rise to the top. You notice the aromatics of tropical fruit such as pineapple and guava blossom on your initial pass. The flavors of green apple, pear and citrus come out with your first taste. The finish has a clean minerality and invites you back for another sip.
Sommità Chardonnay is planted at a 950-foot elevation on the Summit of the Skywalker Ranch property. Growing Chardonnay in this area allows us to leave the grapes on the vine up to 30 days longer than most Chardonnay producers. By doing this, the vine has more time to allow the seed to fully mature. The 2015 growing season was mild and we continued to see little to no rain after the flowering. This temperate fall climate gave the grapes a consistent luxurious season to develop the finest flavors.